One of the companies I visited with was Regupol America, which featured a number of different colored surfaces. Regupol was touting its AktivPro tile that features an interlocking dowel tile system. Fun fact from the visit: Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash, broke the world record in 2009 on a Regupol track surface in Berlin.
There were lots of fun games on the floor, from the free-throw contest to a mini tennis court to, of all things, trampoline cage ball. I didn't try the trampoline cage ball, but I did play my boss's boss in Racket Power, a kind of whip-around game in which you try to smack a ball across the table into the opponent's goal. He beat me 4-0. (I don't have the heart to tell him that I let him win.)
I got the general feeling that a lot of companies, especially the equipment manufacturers, are waiting to show off their new stuff at the IHRSA show in March.
Near the end of the show, I stopped by to see some folks from Lifeline USA whom I met at Club Industry in October. And sure enough, as we were talking, some folks from its competition, Fitness Anywhere's TRX, were there, too, just like last time!
I heard the Precor boat party on Thursday night was a blast. I didn't go, but a couple of my colleagues did, and since there were no reports of injury or indiscretions, I'll take that as a win.
Thanks to ICAA's Colin Milner, a former Club Industry columnist, for throwing a great reception Friday night at the Omni Hotel.
My special thanks to the folks at Fit Athletic Club for taking me on a tour. We've featured Fit a couple of times in the magazine and online. The club was right around the corner from the hotel in a great urban setting.
Before leaving San Diego, I took a tour of Petco Park, the home of San Diego Padres. The ballpark sits next door to the hotel and across the street from the convention center. I learned that Life Fitness furnishes equipment for the Padres' weight room and uses the room as a showcase for clients.
Because of that mention, my superiors have got to let me expense that tour! Right? Right?